Well, here it is.....our I171-H!! Doesn't look that exciting to you? I know it may not look like anything special, but here's the thing - We couldn't do ANYTHING else in our adoption process without it! We are so excited that it's here!! This letter officially states that the US government has determined that we are able to furnish proper care to an orphan and we are approved to adopt.
What's the next step?! Well, we will gather all of our documents, get the final copy of our home study from our social worker, get everything certified by the state, make copies and send it off to our agency! Hopefully, they will find everything to be in order and authenticate our documents and then send them off to Ethiopia - at that point we will receive our DTE date (dossier to Ethiopia) and begin our official wait!! We will wait approx. 7 months for a referral from that date!
We are grateful to be one step closer to our baby! Yea!
We are a family of ten...striving to live the lives that please God...getting it wrong a lot of the time, but trying nonetheless. We have eight beautiful children...three were given to us through birth and five through the miracle of adoption. We feel blessed to be living the life we've been given.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
~ One in ten children die before their first birthday ~ One in six children die before their fifth birthday ~ 44% of the population is under 15 years old ~ 60% of children in Ethiopia are stunted because of malnutrition ~ The median age in Ethiopia is 17.8 years old ~ 1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world) ~ There are roughly 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia ~ Per capita, Ethiopia receives less aid than any country in Africa ~ Half of the children in Ethiopia will never attend school. ~ 88% will never attend secondary school ~ Coffee prices (Ethiopia's only major export) declined 40-60% from 1998-2002 ~ Ethiopia's doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000 ~ Severe drought struck country from 2000-2002 (first year no crops, second year no seeds, third year no animals)